The Weird Week in Review
No More Butt Hole Road
The residents of Butt Hole Road in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, England are tired of the jokes, the tourists, and the constant questions. At least one family moved out over the embarrassment of their address. So the neighbors collected Â£300 and had the name of the street changed to the innocuous Archers Way, named after a nearby castle. Already an internet petition has sprung up to change the name back to Butt Hole Road.
Bullet Removed After 42 Years
65-year-old Hou Guoying recently had a bullet removed that had been lodged in her face for 42 years! She was shot accidentally during the Cultural Revolution in China in 1967. Doctors told her at the time that her wound was superficial. Eleven years later, an x-ray revealed the bullet in her face. She refused surgery because of the poor medical facilities available at the time in Chongqing, China. Hou suffered from headaches for years. This year, the pain began to spread to the rest of her body, so the bullet finally came out. Hou is recovering from the surgery.
Man Uses Swan to Beat Victim
A man identified as Sebastian P. has been convicted of animal cruelty in Munich, Germany. Sebastian and a friend were drinking heavily on the bank of the river Isar when they spotted a tourist and began to make fun of his accent. As the altercation elevated, Sebastian grabbed a live swan and used it to beat the tourist. They they threw bottles and a hot barbecue at the man, who escaped with minor injuries. The swan survived and flew off. A court gave Sebastian a two-year suspended sentence.
Anchorage Man in World Beard Champion
David Traver of Anchorage, Alaska won the World Beard Championship on Saturday with his 20.5 inch beard. 300 competitors were in Anchorage for the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships, and about half were competing for the beard award. Traver's beard was dyed several colors and woven into a snowshoe shape. Traver is willing to now shave off his award-winning beard to raise money for his favorite charity, Covenant House.
7-year-old Drives to Save Dad
Guillermo Montes was drinking and driving near Clovis, New Mexico with his 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son when he rolled the Jeep over. Montes was ejected from the vehicle. Elizabeth Kazza got into the driver's seat and drove the wrecked Jeep about three miles to search for help before a motorist noticed her struggling and responded.
"It's remarkable anybody could drive after something like that," State Police Capt. Jimmy Glascock said.
The children were treated for minor injuries. Montes was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tortoise on Three Legs and Six Wheels
A local resident found an injured tortoise along the road in San Mateo County, California and took her to the Peninsula Humane Society. Veterinarians removed what was left of her ragged left front leg. To give the red-footed tortoise mobility, they attached the chassis of a Tonka Toy truck to her underside. Now she gets along by pushing with her rear legs and steering with her remaining front leg. Vets named her Tonka after the toy wheels. John O'Dea adopted Tonka and says she is doing well and roams his vegetable garden on her three legs and her wheels.
The Man Who Sues
Despite being incarcerated at a federal prison in Kentucky, Jonathan Lee Riches has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. He was named as the person who has filed the most lawsuit ever. So what did he do next? He filed a lawsuit against the Guinness Book!
In the injunction filed in Richland, Riches "“ who acknowledges he is receiving treatment for mental-health problems "“ said: "The Guinness Book of World Records have no right to publish my work, my legal masterpieces."
In his latest court filing, Riches wrote about how he sued Black History Month, the president of Iran and butter substitute I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!